Photographing Children Is Not Easy

A friend of mine had a great idea for a shoot of my kids a few weeks back.  It was a place that I’ve scouted for portrait clients myself, but it had been a long time since I’d been down there.  When we arrived, the land was seriously overgrown with weeds and plants about 3 feet high, and to boot…..those little thorny stickers that get stuck in your socks to simulate misery were in abundance.  Hurdle #1…..yeah.  This obviously wasn’t going to work.  Oh, did I mention it had been overcast every day for a while, and this day started the same, only to have the Sun break through in glorious fashion around 9 a.m.  Hurdle #2.

So even though I’d lugged all my gear including a sandbag for light stands, we opted for some really random, yet fun shots.  But wait, 2 year olds rarely like to sit still long enough to achieve focus.  And I like shooting prime lenses, so I have the added bonus of having to zoom myself instead of a lens, while hand-holding a flash.  It’s a good exercise in patience though.  I still have yet to process these, but I did find this one at first glance and liked it.  And yes, that is Finn McMissile in his shirt pocket.

About Bryan Oster

Photographer of people and food. You can see some of my work at my site (, and at my blog (
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